The posts below relate to my latest art exhibition ‘The Grace Equation’. The series progresses from humanity’s best efforts to a life of spirituality. The posts provide more detail and interpretation of the works than that included my artist statement.
The series of work begins with the best efforts of humanity and how
despite even the best intentions, the world is still full of injustice and
suffering. In this painting an apple and a pear are claimed to be equal
when in fact they are not. In a similar way it is not just to pretend there is
equality amongst all people when there is not, or even to show partiality
in (bias) in judgment. This picture raises the question as to whether there
is such a thing as true fairness in humanity.
The scales are measuring the effort that two people put into a task and how this objectively weighs up. The conclusion from this image is that a wholehearted effort is greater than a half-hearted effort. The idea of always having a wholehearted attitude somewhat contradicts the current trend supporting things mediocre and status quo.
This picture depicts the somewhat pointless argument of whether logical
or creative people are better or more important than others. This idea is
shown through the use of a division symbol in the middle of the rubix
cube (logical thinkers) and the seemingly chaotic ball of string (creative
The tall poppy syndrome emphasizes equality amongst all people and in
particular the same standard of achievement. However, this is not a
realistic view of how people think and achieve as is does not consider
variations in individual difference and motivations which affect outcomes.
The left side of the painting shows three individuals, one achieving their
potential and the other two underachieving in order to conform to the
values of society. The right side of the picture illustrates what could
happen if everyone were allowed to succeed as much as they are able
and to make full use of their talents.
The two houses in the painting represent the human desire for material
things. The towering mansion represents the person who is never
satisfied with what they have. This is in contrast to the small house that
represents someone who lives with what they need and is content with
what they have. This is in contrast to the towering mansion of the greedy
This painting is based on the old phrase “Two wrongs don’t make a right”.As visually shown, the one right (tick) outweighs the two wrongs (crosses). This also draws on the idea that revenge is not an effective solution for creating peace as revenge only fuels more anger and revenge.
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. (Romans 12:17-18)
This painting visually depicts the process of someone who is seeking God.For the non-believer this might be the quest to discover whether or not God really exists. The white magnifying glass would then be used to inspect the evidence and confront thoughts of faith and doubt before reaching a conclusion.
For the believer,seeking God comes out of a desire to come into closer relationship with Him and to seek wisdom and encouragement.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV), The white hearts shown in the painting represent the path of the straight and narrow (God’s will for a person’s life) and the red dotted lines represent all the alternative paths that will ultimately lead to destructionthat are illuminated by the magnifying glass. Without the magnifying glass the path would seem ambiguous and confusing. God’s words in the bible guide the faithful in the way of light. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119: 105 NIV)
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The “Grace Equation” is a series of 13 works that illustrate the story of personal salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how this occurs through the use of symbols. The colour black represents the darkness and sin in the world. The red heart represents the sinful state of heart whereby the deserved consequence of sin is eternal death and suffering. The white represents God and the Holy Spirit and the white Jesus.
The series begins with ‘God’s Image which illustrates how God originally created human beings- in the likeness of Himself (Genesis 1:27). The white background shows the flawlessness and purity of creation before sin. The pink represents perfect love and unity between Adam and Eve, and between the couple and God. Both pink and white represent God, as God is love (1 John 4:8).
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